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11 October, 2018 - 12:07 By Kate Sweeney

AstraZeneca and MedImmune to parade prolific pipeline in Munich

Cambridge-based AstraZeneca and MedImmune, its global biologics research and development arm, will present 54 abstracts, including eight oral presentations and three late breakers, to the European Society of Medical Oncology (ESMO 2018) Congress in Munich from October 19-23.

Data spans several tumour types and include full results from the Phase III SOLO-1 ovarian cancer trial to be presented in the Presidential Symposium, along with new research on resistance mechanisms in metastatic epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR)-mutated non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). 
MedImmune senior VP, head of Oncology Innovative Medicines and Professor of Medicine and Medical Oncology at South-Paris University, Jean-Charles Soria, will be recognised for his outstanding contribution to medical oncology by receiving the 2018 ESMO Award.

Dave Fredrickson, executive vice-president, head of Oncology Business Unit, said: “Our diversified oncology portfolio prioritises medicines with the potential to redefine the clinical practice of cancer treatment.

“We are working to deliver potentially curative approaches earlier in the treatment paradigm across a range of cancers. We are also exploring how to stay a step ahead of disease progression by understanding how tumours become resistant to treatment over time.”

Detailed Lynparza data from the Phase III SOLO-1 trial in women with newly-diagnosed, advanced BRCA-mutated ovarian cancer will also be presented. SOLO-1 is the only trial of a poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP) inhibitor, Lynparza, to demonstrate a statistically-significant and clinically-meaningful improvement in progression-free survival (PFS) for women with newly-diagnosed, advanced BRCA-mutated ovarian cancer. Data from the trial by AstraZeneca and MSD, known as Merck in the US and Canada, will be featured in an ESMO Presidential Symposium.

Preliminary data on acquired resistance mechanisms seen with 1st-line Tagrisso (osimertinib) use in the Phase III FLAURA trial (Presentation Number #LBA_5005) will be presented as a late-breaker, providing new insights into potential treatment strategies for patients with metastatic EGFR-mutated NSCLC.

In terms of Lung cancer Immuno-Oncology (IO): New insights from the Phase III PACIFIC trial will be showcased.

An oral presentation of subgroup analyses will explore the efficacy and safety of the PACIFIC regimen in unresectable, Stage III NSCLC evaluating differences in treatment and timing for chemoradiation therapy before Imfinzi (Abstract #1363O).

Key presentations from AstraZeneca’s early stage pipeline include insight into novel DNA Damage Response (DDR)-IO combinations. A Phase I clinical and translational evaluation of the ATR inhibitor, AZD6738, in combination with Imfinzi in patients with lung or head and neck cancer will be featured as a poster discussion (Abstract #413PD).

Data from the early-stage IO pipeline, including updated results from the Phase Ib/II multi-indication SCORES trial of Imfinzi plus danvatirsen  demonstrating the impact of targeting novel pathways, will also be presented.

Additionally, new approaches to patient selection using different methods of detection of homologous recombination repair gene mutations will be highlighted in a Phase II trial of Lynparza plus abiraterone (Study 08) in metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer.

• IMAGE: A cgi of AstraZeneca’s new headquarters on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus

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